Marenas Viñedo & Bodega, Córdoba Blanco Montepilas (2016)
- Grape: Montepila
- Geography: Andalucía, Spain
- Appellation: Córdoba
José Miguel Márquez is on a mission to recover the old winemaking traditions of his native town Montilla in Cordoba. As an aficionado of everything natural, genuine, and authentic, he makes sure his vineyards and wines are treated with the same care and respect they deserve. Nothing but fermented juices extracted from the different varieties of grapes, without filtrations or additives of any type. Result being natural wines expressive of their land and climate.
As with most winemakers, his life revolves around each harvest but it’s the passion and dedication he lives them with that set José Miguel apart. It’s as if his wines were his children and each one of their personalities a product of that vintage. He’s actually named wines from certain vintages after his daughters or nephews. It’s no surprise that when he sold his first bottle of wine, he felt like he was shipping one of his kids off to boarding school.
Although one of the youngest producers in the region, he is making some of the most exciting wines using traditional grapes like Pedro Ximenez and recovering other indigenous varieties like Montepila amongst many other projects that are in the works.
Adega Eloi Lorenzo, Ribeiro Blanco Villa Paz (2015)
- Grapes: Treixadura, Albariño, Godello, and Torrontés
- Geography: Galicia, Spain
- Appellation: Ribeiro
Eloi Lorenzo founded the winery in 1976 but it’s actually his grand son Javier Monsalve who is currently running the show. Javier has been doing everything from the farming to the winemaking since 2007.
Located in Arnoia within the Ribeiro D.O., Spain’s oldest growing region, he’s farming 5 hectares as organically as possible while following biodynamic principles. Most of his vines are planted on terraced slopes ranging from 200 to 400 meters of altitud and trellis trained to keep them as far off the ground as possible and away from humidity. Though the soils in the region can be quite diverse depending on the area, most of his vineyards are composed of granite, soil type on which the queen grape Treixadura thrives.
Working with other native grape varieties like Loureira and Brancellao, the minerality and acidity in all of his wines express the region’s unique terroir and microclimate. All fermentations are spontaneous and his winemaking style shows throughout, sharpness without compromising texture.
40% Treixadura, 30% Albariño, 20% Godello, 10% Torrontés fermented in stainless and aged for 8 months, 3 of them on the lees.
Total production: 500 cases
Domaine La Roche Buissière, Côtes du Rhône Flonflons (2015)
- Grapes: Grenache and Syrah
- Geography: Rhône Valley, France
- Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Located northeast of Vaison-La-Romaine in the southern Cotes du Rhone, Antoine and Lawrence Joly work 18 hectare of organic vineyards making fabulous wines in the region that sit between 300-450 metres in altitude. They maintain a freshness and lightness in their wines via very intense vineyard work that allows them to harvest earlier than several other producers in their area resulting in less concentrated and lower alcohol wines.
Antoine’s family has run the estate since the early 1970’s (his grandfather was a beekeeper in the area and his father Pierre returned to live a more simple lift after his involvement in the Parisian student riots of 1968) Pierre was a pioneer of organic viticulture in the Rhone and the vineyards have been certified since the 1980, although he sold most of the grapes to the local co-op. Antoine and Lawrence took over in 1999 and since 2003 have vinified 100% of the harvest themselves.
The wine is assembly 30% Syrah – 70% Grenache very aerial and very intense on a clay-limestone soil. The nose on jammy notes, cocoa, blackberry, slightly toasted. The mouth is ample and acidulous with an astonishing length,
Vinification in native yeasts. Flonflons is not glued, unfiltered and has not had sulfur added during the rearing as well as during bottling.
A natural appeal on a remarkable vintage … Perfect to discover natural wines without artifice.
Do not carafer this wine, perfect without aeration.
Food and wine pairing: aperitif with toast of terrine with mushrooms, preferring dishes based on white meat: filets mignon, a roast turkey and coconut beans with coriander
Domaine des Vignes Rouge, Vin de Pays des Cévennes Rouge Clemence (2015)
- Geography: Rhône Valley, France
- Appellation: Vin de Pays des Cévennes
The estate: In Saint-Césaire-de-Gauzignan, in the vineyards of the Vignes Rouges, the vines are all around the village, but only one couple has chosen the status of independent winemaker. Raphaël Dubois, settled on a part of the farm created by his grandfather in 1939, and Séverine Atgé, his companion, forgot the economics courses for a practical training in order to share with him the work. An approach geared towards the greatest possible respect for the environment, which translates into an on-going conversion to organic farming.
Blend of 70 yr old Carignan (60%), 30yr old Syrah (10%), 70 year old Grenache (10%), 30 year old Alicante (10%), and 20 year old Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The soil is a mix of clay and limestone. All of the grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and crushed by foot into fiber glass tanks. Each grape variety is vinified separately, mostly with a 8-10 day maceration. 4mg/l sulfur added at bottling.
The carbonic maceration makes it possible to obtain a nice roundness in the final. It is an easy-drinking wine with notes of intense red fruit. This wine, without complex, drinks from aperitif to dessert and accompanies as well a evening grilling with friends, as more elaborate dishes.